Brian Steffen

Assistant Professor, Division of Computational Health Sciences


Awards & Recognition

  • 2020 Minnesota Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention Training Grant (PI: A. Folsom)
  • 2020 University of Minnesota School of Public Health, J.B. Hawley Research Award (PI: Steffen)
  • 2014 Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Young Investigator Award
  • 2006 American Heart Association, Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award (PI Fellow: Steffen)


  • MS, Clinical Research, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, MN  
  • PhD, Physiology, Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Missouri - Columbia, MO  
  • BS, Organismal Biology, University of Kansas—Lawrence, KS

Research Summary

  • Identifying proteomic risk factors of cardiometabolic disease and adverse surgical outcomes
  • Conducting Mendelian randomization to determine potential causality between exposure and outcome variables
  • Applying these techniques to medicine and surgery to determine whether assessing plasma proteome at pre-op may predict adverse outcomes